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Tricky Dick Forshaw: From Goal King to Outlaw

Jamie Yates
The only player thus far to win the League title with both Everton and Liverpool, the inside forward scored a hatful of goals before making a surprise move across Stanley Park. Quite the character, he fell into a life of crime after his career ended.
30/10/2020

Lewis the Fire Bobby

Tony Onslow
Bangor-born and a regular Wales international, Billy Lewis joined Everton for their inaugural Football League season in 1888 but his time with the club was short-lived
29/10/2020

Review: A Grand Old Team To Report

Lyndon Lloyd
As a slice of Everton history, David Prentice's new book is a fascinating and frequently humourous skip down memory lane; an insider’s insight into the way football used to be recounted with the enthusiasm and love of a devoted Blue.
29/10/2020

A simple but fair redistribution of football revenues

Paul The Esk
A look at a possible solution to the massive imbalances that exist in the professional football game in England and a simple solution
29/10/2020

Saints defeat and selection problems throw up early-season issues for Ancelotti

Lyndon Lloyd
Injuries, suspensions and, perhaps, an emerging dilemma over how best to accommodate James Rodriguez are some of the things that will be on the manager's mind as he prepares for Newcastle
27/10/2020

Can Dominic Calvert-Lewin Become Everton’s Harry Kane?

Gary McCarty
The striker is fortunate to be working with both Ancelotti and Ferguson who, between them, will positively refine elements of his game. Should the 23-year-old surpass the 20-goal mark this season, then he’ll have undoubtedly put himself in the frame for a Euro 2020 call-up, as well as being in with a shout of winning the sought-after Golden Boot.
23/10/2020

Red Myopia and An Embarrassing National Outcry

Lyndon Lloyd
The levels of pearl-clutching and near hysteria that has dominated the aftermath of Saturday’s controversial Merseyside derby really have been something to behold
21/10/2020

Keane’s Emergence from his Comfort Zone One of Ancelotti’s Early Everton Triumphs

Matt Jones
It didn't always look as though Michael Keane would become one of the first names on the Everton team sheet but the England international is emerging as a consistent and dependable presence in Carlo Ancelotti's defence.
21/10/2020

Big Picture proposals put the emphasis on Everton’s international development

Paul The Esk
Despite the initiative being rightly canned, the issue of international broadcast rights will be back. It is almost certain that the largest clubs will want to see an element of selling exclusive rights off their own platforms in this next round and those with the greatest numbers of overseas supporters are going to be the initial winners.

15/10/2020

Short-sighted and hubristic, the Cabal's grand plan would kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Lyndon Lloyd
The "Project Big Picture" proposals cooked up by two of the big six and their Trojan Horse in the EFL, Rick Parry, would slowly and ironically erode what has made the Premier League the exciting competition it so often is today
13/10/2020

'Project Big Picture' exposing the self serving interests of MUFC and Liverpool

Paul The Esk
The proposals have exposed the these two clubs' seek to secure their current economic advantage and protect their future revenues.
12/10/2020

Richard Williams – An Everton Goalkeeper

Tony Onslow
The Bromborough Pool-born player played over 70 times for Everton after joining them when they were reigning Football League Champions in 1881
12/10/2020

The Finnis Family – An Enduring Everton Love Affair

Rob Sawyer
Harold Finnis is one of 90 players, to date, to make a solitary first team appearance for the Blues in peacetime football.
09/10/2020

Everton’s Midfield Revamp: What Counts as Success for the Toffees?

Gary McCarty
The recent additions of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, and James Rodriguez have sparked something of a competitive revival at Goodison Park.
09/10/2020

Shrewd moves and decisive action: Everton can view summer window as a big success

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton have emerged from the close season with an impressively upgraded squad and go into the international break sitting on top of the pile having far exceeded expectations and infused long-suffering Toffees with overdue optimism
08/10/2020

‘Football Is Simple’: Ancelotti Can Be Everton’s Anchor to Calm in a Chaotic Premier League

Matt Jones
Although the circumstances are undesirable, Carlo Ancelotti feels like a man who will come into his own in them and Everton’s high-class performances indicate he’s doing just that.
07/10/2020

The 2020 Summer transfer window from a financial perspective

Paul The Esk
Analysing the business done across the Premier League and a nod to the turn-around in the overall levels of the squad at EFC with such relatively small increase in costs
07/10/2020

Opposition View: We Are Brighton

We Are Brighton
Speaking with Scott from We Are Brighton to see get their fans' take on their start to the season and this weekend's clash at Goodison.
02/10/2020

Eddie Wainwright – A Bright Light in Dark Days

Rob Sawyer
The immediate post-war era for Everton was one of austerity which made it hard for local youngsters to through the ranks to develop to near their full potential. Eddie Wainwright was, perhaps the sole exception.
28/09/2020

Football Shorts – Part V: The Reality of Reducing Income and Fixed Costs

Paul The Esk
A look at the impact of virtually no crowds in the Premier League this season, the impact Covid-19 is having on broadcasting revenues and the volume of transfer business
23/09/2020

Graft to Goals: Calvert-Lewin’s Changing Tastes Offer Everton a Fresh Edge

Matt Jones
Saturday against West Brom it felt like another significant step forward for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who fired in his first hat-trick for the club which felt like a rubber stamp on this section of his development at Everton.
21/09/2020

A Knight of the Round Table at Inside-Left?

Jamie Yates
Did you know that Everton once employed a player with the Christian name of a mythical legend?
21/09/2020

Toffee Soccer – Everton and North America

Lyndon Lloyd
Lyndon Lloyd chats with David France ahead of the release of his new book
14/09/2020

The Man Who Created Merseyside Football

David Kennedy
In his new book, David Kennedy recounts the sporting legacy of John Houlding, the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool who was responsible for the rise of two of English football’s biggest and most successful football clubs — Everton and Liverpool.
10/09/2020

Summer 'Evolution' Primes Everton for Better Things

Lyndon Lloyd
After last season, Evertonians have been understandably cautious in their optimism and outlook for the new campaign but with a significantly strengthened midfield and Ancelotti at the helm, there is hope that 2020-21 will be a season of marked progress
10/09/2020

Brazilian dynamo Allan promises to be Ancelotti's midfield linchpin

Lyndon Lloyd
Allan Marques was unveiled as part of an anticipated £70m worth of incoming midfield talent today, with James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré expected to follow shortly — a trio of moves that promises to radically overhaul the Blues’ massively under-performing mid-section
05/09/2020

How do we fund squad improvements this summer?

Paul The Esk
An over-sized, over-priced, mostly under-achieving squad, financial constraints, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis pose significant challenges to Everton this summer. Where is the money coming from for new signings?
30/08/2020

The Short Life of an Everton Blue

Tony Onslow
Isaac Roberts would play just once for Everton in February 1889
29/08/2020

Brands's Challenges Make for Slow-Motion Summer

Lyndon Lloyd
Where recruitment is concerned, the buck stops with Marcel Brands but, ultimately, his efforts will continue to be hindered by a number of factors, some of them beyond his control
26/08/2020

Rebranding?

Paul The Esk
What should Everton’s brand and brand values be?
19/08/2020

Can Richarlison and DCL Get the Goals That Fire Everton Into the Top Six Conversation?

Gary McCarty
If Everton are to achieve any hopes of a top ten….eight….six finish, clearly there is a need to bring in a more prolific goal-grabber.
14/08/2020

“Van Den Hauwe – One Last Throw Of The Dice…”

Pete Jones
Without the benefit of the visual image, the unique medium of radio means that live football commentary comes to life in an entirely different way than television. Pete Jones recalls some of his most memorable moments experienced that way
13/08/2020

Another Season Wasted Amid Continuing Instability at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
Marco Silva became the latest casualty of Everton's managerial merry-go-round, Carlo Ancelotti arrived before historic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that fans just wanted 2019-20 to be over as quickly as possible
08/08/2020

The Financing and Accounting of Transfers and How We Operate in this Window

Paul The Esk
A detailed look at the financial implications behind the transfer options open to us, how it's financed and what it means for Everton
04/08/2020

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